What Size Are Your Prayers?

Last weekend I had the honor of speaking at the dedication of the new White Lake worship center. It was a very exciting time to celebrate with the good people there under the leadership of Brad Hulcy and his team. I chose as a text Ephesians 3:20-21. It is a doxology where the Apostle Paul is closing out an incredible prayer (verses 14-19) in which he asks God for some very big things for the church of Ephesus.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen.”

I think that this doxology was to give his readers hope and strength to know that the big prayer that Paul had prayed for them in verses 14-19 could be realized because God could make it happen. Paul uses a double superlative in verse 20 to emphasize that God could do infinitely more than what any of us could actually request, think or imagine. It is not even close; our prayers could never challenge the ability or the sufficiency of our God to answer.

Then, why don’t I pray bigger prayers? Is it because of fear, lack of faith or am I blinded by the obstacles? Could it be that I have too small of a vision of God? Frankly, as I look back at some of the things that I have dreamed and then prayed for, I am embarrassed that the prayers are so small. My prayers should reflect the size of my God!

I am determined to pray bigger prayers, to trust a big God with my burdens, dreams, desires and hopes. How about you? What are your God-sized prayers for your spiritual life? Your family? Your job? Your service to him? Your marriage? Your future? Your finances?

I am coming to the conclusion that nothing is too small to bring to God, but neither is anything too big for him.